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Glasses for seed planting?

Post  Shoda on 9/10/2010, 3:24 am

I purchased a packet of Broccoli seeds from Home Depot and 3 times I have tried to start the plants inside so I would be ready for fall plantings. Three times NOTHING came up -- not even one sprout. (Each time I waited 2 weeks before trying again!)

Tonight I was going to try one final time. But this time I put on my glasses so I could carefully plant each seed individually at just the right depth. Only then did I get a close look at the seeds. They were all crushed! Not one intact seed was in the package.

So I learned two important lessons today.

  1. Don't assume that the seed you purchase are in good condition and
  2. Examine the seeds (with glasses if needed) before you plant them.
Geeezzzz.... do I feel silly waiting for my crushed seeds to sprout.
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Re: Glasses for seed planting?

Post  elliephant on 9/11/2010, 2:56 pm

Wow! I had a hard time getting my fall seedlings going, too. This is the first time I've tried doing that. It took a few weeks for anything to come up from my first batch, and then the percentage rate was dismal.
The second time around I used less water and more heat (house is only cooled to 78, so I thought they'd be ok, but they did better when I put them in the uncomfortably warm garage at night).

Now I've got windowsills full of little sprouts just waiting for the weather to break a bit (and for me to get my beds in order...which is hard to do when it's still too hot outside!)

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